Duy Nguyen

Duy Nguyen

Duy Nguyen



AD 8


Email: ad8@duyfornv.com


Campaign Contact Phone: 725-277-1570

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2022 Questionnaire

Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.


In my daily work, we encounter issues regarding affordable healthcare, k-12 education, climate change issues, voting rights, language barriers, and affordable housing. All of these issues are the main proponents for my daily work and my desire to run for public office in order to bridge the gap in our community and create a just, equitable society for all. I am running to bring a new voice and perspective to policy discussions in the great state of Nevada. The API community is one of the fastest growing populations in Southern Nevada and Assembly District 8 encompasses this fast growing population. I recognize the work we have done as a state, but there is still more work to do, and I look forward to bringing my corporate and non profit experience to the legislature to serve the residents of Assembly District 8. Please join me in making Nevada an even better place to love and raise our families. I’d love to hear your ideas and look forward to the opportunity to earn your support.

Would you support allocating more state funds to help DACA recipients to help with higher education?

Yes, as a community advocate who works with immigrant communities in Nevada, I have worked with partners to increase access to higher education for DACA recipients

How will the state fight the growing issue of homelessness that is increasing in our communities and use funds to expand on shelters for these community members?


As a community advocate that partners with county for programs addressing homelessness such as Operation HOME, and a former member of Community Development Advisory committee that was part of federal funding allocation for expansion of shelters - I believe I have unique insights and the experience to navigate and coordinate different level of funding sources and keep an open mind / open office to work with community partners and practitioners on solutions to address this urgent challenge

Nevada has historically protected the right to abortion, including protecting the right in statute 30 years ago by a vote of the people. However, there remain barriers to access in the state. Do you support not only the right to abortion but policies that improve equitable access to abortion care?


Yes - As the former chair of Nevada Health Minority and Equity Coalition, I’ve a strong record of advocating for healthcare equity. Abortion care is healthcare, and those who must carry the pregnancy should have the bodily autonomy and privacy to make their own healthcare choices with their doctors.

The state of Nevada is facing an unprecedented shortage of health care providers – a problem that impacts every area of medicine, including the provision of sexual and reproductive care. Do you support removing the physician-only requirement and allowing advanced practice clinicians (APCs) to provide this vital care to patients with training and certification?


Yes - According to a 2017 study, 21% of Asian women say they do not have a primary care physician. In order to ensure people who can get pregnant have access to timely medical care, I support allowing APCs to provide care to patients.

It is well documented that patients of color face greater obstacles to obtaining sexual and reproductive health care than non-Hispanic white Americans – a pattern that results in worse health outcomes overall for BIPOC patients. Do you not only acknowledge systemic racism’s role in public health disparities but will you pursue policies that seek to rectify the historical harm of systemic racism and advance equitable access to health care?


Yes– as an advocate for health equity for underserved communities - this is at the heart of the issue and I look forward to working with stakeholders to address and rectify the historic harm of systemic racism and advance equitable access access to health care.

Knowing that the death penalty is exorbitantly expensive, racially discriminatory, and does not promote true healing for victims family members, do you support its abolition and do you think ending the death penalty is a crucial part of criminal justice reform?


Yes, I am supportive. Ending the penalty is one step in the right direction, we still have a lot more work to do in criminal justice reform.

True Colors United, a national organization that implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ young people continues to rate Nevada as critically low, for its State Index on Youth Homelessness (in collaboration with the National Homelessness Law Center) that ranks and scores laws and policies related to preventing and addressing youth homelessness in the United States. Are you willing to support legislation that helps to fund and provide oversight regulations to youth homelessness services?


Yes, I have been a strong ally and supporter of policies and programs to support our LGBTQ+ community. I am supportive of legislations to fund and provide oversight regulations for LGBTQ+ focused youth homelessness services.

Anti-transgender bills are being introduced across the United States that attempt to prevent trans people from having access to health care, gender reassignment surgery, and access to sports in schools. Do you support transgender equality and access to healthcare and an athletic school experience?


Yes, Unequivocally.

We have seen rental rates increasing at a very alarming rate, in some instances upwards of 30%. How do you see the Nevada Legislature taking action to keep Nevadans in their homes and not being priced out?

Yes - as a Planning Commissioner for Clark County I believe I can bring unique insight and experience working with all sides of this equation, from developers, home builders, home owners, tenants, housing rights advocates and non-profit organizations that work with our communities - to find solutions and bold action to confront the rising rental cost.

Nevada has one of the largest shares of federal public land of any state in the country, providing important wildlife habitat, places to hunt, camp, fish and hike, and acting as the foundation of a billion dollar outdoor industry. Even so, some lawmakers have promoted policies that seek wholesale transfer of federal ownership of our national lands to states. A) Would you support or oppose these land transfer policies? B) Would should the State of Nevada’s role be in the management and ownership of federal land?

Yes - as a nonprofit leader and county planning commissioner, I’ve seen first hand the growth of development as well as the need to balance public lands protection and conservation. I will work with organizations such as the Nevada Conservation League and other stakeholders to find bold solutions.

State investments in conservation provide resources for a wide range of public benefit, like the management of wildlife and state land, and the creation and maintenance of trails and other recreational facilities. In 2019, the Legislature approved $217 million of bonding authority for conservation purposes, including for the acquisition of land for new state parks. A) Do you support or oppose state investment in conservation? B) Has Nevada’s investment in land conservation been too little, too much, or about right, and how would you change it?


Yes - as a nonprofit leader that has seen the impact of rising temperatures in the Las Vegas valley, I will work with organizations like the Nevada Conservation League and others to find sound solutions.


Would you support addressing public health disparities in Nevada’s diverse Spanish speaking population by funding a “Promotores de Salud” program through the Nevada Office of New Americans that provides year round, culturally competent education and community engagement in Spanish on public health issues?


Yes, as a community advocate for the Asian and Pacific Islanders community in Nevada that runs a bilingual COVID vaccine clinic, I know how critical it is to be able to receive public health information in a language you can understand. I support universal language access plans to provide year round, culturally competent education on public health issues.


What are you doing to center communities of color and low-income communities in your work, and how do you ensure that equity is part of every decision you make?

Yes - as a Planning Commissioner for Clark County I believe I can bring unique insight and experience working with all sides of this equation, from developers, home builders, home owners, tenants, housing rights advocates and non-profit organizations that work with our communities - to find solutions and bold action to confront the rising rental cost.

The APIA community faces the largest unmet financial needs when it comes to higher education. Nevada has the highest student loan default rate in the country. In Nevada, there are 333,100 student loan borrowers, $11.5 Billion in student loan debt, and $34,700 in average debt per borrower. What policies can we implement to ensure students and families are protected from predatory lenders and undue financial burdens?

As someone who is still burdened by the evermounting cost of student loans, I know that many people across Nevada are struggling to afford higher education. I support expanding scholarships like the Millenium Scholarship, loan borrowers protection including Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights, and support the expansion of the Office of the Ombudsman under the State Treasurer’s office.

Latinx communities are extremely concerned about the drought and ongoing water shortages. What would you do to ensure our families have a sustainable water supply, not just now but also future generations?


As the last year has shown, maintaining water levels at Lake Mead takes a collective effort, as we saw Lake Mead’s water levels dip to the lowest we’ve seen in history. We see that the legislature can pass policies that encourage sustainability including requiring new development to use non-functional turf. Inevitably, water insecurity will create and exacerbate food insecurity.


One out of seven people in Clark County are food insecure. What policies would you propose to ensure people are not residing in food deserts and have access to healthy food and water sources?


As a parent of a young child that suffers from asthma - this has been a top issue for me. I pledge to work with community non-profits and advocates to find actionable solutions to ensure our communities and generations after us have cleaner air to breathe.